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CCOG for DST 200 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
DST 200
Course Title:
Undercarriage and Final Drive
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Course Description

Introduces methods of transferring power through mechanical powertrains. Covers differentials, brakes, final drives, and under carriages. Requires a dealer letter indicating secured internship at a participating Caterpillar Dealership. Prerequisites: DST 116.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Disassemble, assemble, and adjust various powertrain components using appropriate service literature and following designated procedures.
  • Identify and explain the powertrain components and theory of operation of Caterpilllar final drives, undercarriages, brakes, ground engaging, and differential systems.

Course Activities and Design

This is an outcome-based course utilizing a lecture / lab format. This course includes videos, assignments, demonstrations, lectures, and hands on learning.   Course will be taught using Caterpillar equipment and curriculum.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

·            Multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer and essay testing

·            Hands-on practical testing

·            Daily lab assignments as defined by Caterpillar Curriculum / weekly and term projects

·            Attendance

·            Work ethics


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)



§         Learn Basic Components and Theory.

§         Learn Locking Differentials.

§         Learn Planetary Differentials.

§         Learn Adjustments.

§         Learn Differential Steering.

§         Learn Steering Clutches and Brakes.


§         Learn Brake Mechanisms.

§         Learn Brake Systems.

§         Learn Retarding and Traction Control.


§         Learn Undercarriage Components.

§         Learn Under carriage Wear and Operation.

§         Learn Track and Shoe Options.

Final Drives, Chain Drives, and Tires

                     Discuss Final Drives, Chain Drives, and Tire

                     Learn theory and purpose of Final Drives.

                     Discuss the operation of Final Drives and Chain Drives.




                      Learn and practice personal safety.

                      Learn and practice facility safety.

                      Learn and practice equipment safety.